Meet Judi Magier

Greensboro textile artist Judi Magier has a passion for color, pattern and texture. She collects indigenous fabrics to appreciate the handwork and history of places from which they originate. Her love of handmade craft and textiles developed when she was a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and evolved into a career as head designer of Art Knit sweaters for an alpaca knitwear company in South America. The job allowed her to paint with yarn, and to create Art to Wear sweaters sold in The Peruvian Connection, Nordstrom, National Geographic Novica and The Timberland Company. Today she explores color, form and pattern using cut paper, and then transforms her collage pieces into beautiful scarves with the help of a local printer. We feel lucky to have Judi's scarves in the gallery, and asked her to share a bit about her art and her process.

Tell us about your process

I like working with paper -– it’s nondirectional, easy to manipulate and forgiving. I sort through my paper-cut archives and select fragments I then use to build my theme through color, pattern and motif. The design finds its direction through balance and the unexpected juxtaposition of shape and color. It evolves like a puzzle.

A collage designed by Judi.

A collage designed by Judi.

A scarf made from the same design.

A scarf made from the same design.

Why did you decide to design silk scarves?

When I started my work as a collage artist, I didn't expect the road to lead me back to textiles. I discovered a local independent printing studio in town, and we began printing my art on natural fabrics. The color saturation on the fine quality silk brought a vibrant dimension to my artwork and inspired me to create Wearable Art Scarves. Each scarf is custom printed onto high quality 100% Crepe de Chine silk – 13”x72” – with a hand-sewn rolled hem.

What do you want people to know about your scarves?

My art blurs the boundaries between texture and painting while celebrating my love of color. Everyone sees something different in the design, and I delight in hearing each viewer’s interpretation. I like to make my art functional and affordable, while creating something unique and uplifting. I hope to inspire women to be bold and colorful, to enjoy their individuality.

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